Ex-convict Babauta commended for adjustment


U.S. District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy and committee members of the District Court’s Drug Offender Re-entry Program have commended DORE participant Ryan Taitano Babauta for his positive adjustment.

At the 39th DORE session last Tuesday afternoon, Kennedy found that Babauta has been in compliance with his terms of supervised release.

Kennedy granted Babauta credit for the month of April for his participation in the DORE Program.

To date, the offender has a total of five months of credit for participating in the DORE Program.

Babauta was also rewarded with a gift.

Babauta was among seven prisoners who staged a 14-hour hostage drama at the Department of Corrections in Susupe in 2009. At the time, he was serving a prison term for voluntary manslaughter for killing a Bangladeshi national in Chalan Kanoa.

In August 1999, the District Court slapped Babauta with an 18-month prison sentence and five years of supervised release, for hostage taking and felon in possession of a firearm.

In 2014, the District Court revoked Babauta’s supervised release and slapped him with a six-month prison term for using illegal drugs and violating other terms of his probation.

In February 2015, the District Court imposed a time served on Babauta for not complying with his supervision conditions. He was placed on 52 months of supervised release.

In November 2015, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona issued an arrest warrant against Babauta for allegedly using methamphetamine or “ice” and for violating other probation conditions.

Babauta subsequently participated in the DORE Program.

DORE is a post-incarceration cooperative effort program of the District Court, U.S. Probation Office, Federal Public Defender, and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

DORE provides treatment and sanction alternatives to address re-integration into the community for non-violent, substance abuse offenders released from federal prison.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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